Russian ice hockey team award AK-47 rifle as man of the match prize

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By Sandro Vetsko
BBC Monitoring
A Russian ice hockey player was awarded an odd prize because of his functionality – an AK-47 automatic rifle.
Izhstal’s head coach, a team in the next tier of hockey, told the team was a fitting choice for a staff from Izhevsk.
The city is known for producing among the planet’s most recognisable rifles.
“Lads, today we also are introducing a tradition,” head coach Ramil Saifullin told the squad, cocking the gun.
“As we dwell in an arms production town, the city of the Kalashnikov, each game you will for yourselves name the ideal player, and the previous [receiver ] will hand it over to him,” he explained inviting the captain to title the very first recipient.
“Can we fire ?” The captain joked, before awarding it into applause from team-mates to the goalkeeper Savely Kononov.
“Congratulations on the win, but when we play we will be taken with it,” Kononov said to more applause and laughter out of gamers.
“How can we take it to away matches?” One asked.
“We shall figure it all out. We’ll take a wooden model,” the coach responded.
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